Jackson, Breathitt County, 1927

A view of the streets of Jackson about 1927. Because of feudal revenge for many years after 1865, Jackson was known throughout America as the capital of "Bloody" Breathitt County. State troops were sent twice to Jackson during the 1870s and again in 1903 to bring peace to the area. Adding to Jackson's rough reputation was the 1895 public hanging of "Bad" Tom Smith and the assassination of J. B. Marcum on May 4, 1903. (Photo courtesy of Ernest Watson, 4208 Gussler Street, Ashland, KY 41101.)